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Ronald Rash

Ronald Rash

Distinguished Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


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Ron Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies. His newest book, <i>The Caretaker</i>, was published in September 2023 by Doubleday and named one of the <i>New Yorker’s</i> Best Books of the Year. This last book brings his body of work up to 21 books: 8 novels (including the New York Times bestseller <i>Serena</i>), 7 short story collections, 5 poetry collections, and 1 reader/miscellany. He has been awarded the O. Henry Prize three times, and his books have been translated into 17 languages. In fall 2024, he will be inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.


  • MA, Clemson University
  • BA, Gardner-Webb University

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rash teaches classes in advanced fiction writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels (ENGL 405/608). Students interested in taking his classes should first take our ENGL 308 Fiction Writing class or have developed comparable expertise. Then a creative writing sample should be submitted to Dr. Rash for approval.

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